- Perfect Paperback: 172 pages
- Publisher: Tate Publishing (February 16, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1615664424
- ISBN-13: 978-1615664429
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,060,520 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Big Life of a Little Man Perfect Paperback – February 16, 2010
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...A person with dwarfism, Dunn sends a message to make all of us proud--that difference is not something on which we or anyone around us should dwell. Rather, it is one unique aspect of our lives contributing to the story of who we are. --Gary Arnold, Vice President of Public Relations, Little People of America
...Mr. Dunn's life is a lesson that I hope all aspiring performers take to heart. --Stephen Di Benedetto, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Theatre History & Theory, The University of Miami
A well-written biography about a man who lead an exciting life. It takes you through the many ups and downs...of his life through funny stories and adventures as seen through the eyes and heart of his family. Truly an amazing man! --Bailey Cheatham, High School Senior, Mustang High School, Mustang, Oklahoma
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As Alexander on the "Plato's Stepchildren" classic "Star Trek" episode, Dunn made an equally strong impression on me as a sympathetic servant whose dwarfism led to his enslavement by those who considered themselves, falsely, to be his betters. When "The Wild Wild West" was cancelled, I felt a bit of sadness knowing that there would be no more episodes featuring Dr. Loveless. In 1973, just as I was about to start college, I read a brief obituary for Michael Dunn in my hometown newspaper, "Actor Dies."Just a paragraph or two, stating that Michael Dunn had died in London. There was no explanation, and I don't recall that there was much of anything about his remarkably brilliant, though all-too-brief, career, except perhaps a mention of the Oscar nomination for “Ship of Fools.”
Fast forward a few decades. I'm now in my 50's, reading about great TV villains on the Internet and finding no mention of the great Michael Dunn, as Dr. Miguelito Loveless. Scandalized at the omission, Googling his name, I happen across the wonderful Tom Weaver interview with Phoebe Dorin. Now I understand why there was a character named Antoinette, who sang duets with Dr. Loveless during his guest appearances on “The Wild Wild West.” From Dorin’s interview, I also discover that Michael Dunn was pretty much the model for Dr. Loveless, minus the “evil” part – he was a charming, multi-talented and brilliant extrovert, with possibly a genius-level IQ, a remarkable singing voice, and a way with women.
Curiosity somewhat satisfied, I still wanted more. So, a week or so ago, when I came across the title, “The Big Life of a Little Man: Michael Dunn Remembered” by Sherry Kelly, I immediately ordered it from Amazon. (I also order Christopher Lee’s autobiography, “Tall, Dark, and Gruesome” at the same time. Talk about a train of thought!) Kelly’s affectionate tribute to her cousin, Gary Neil Miller, a.k.a. Michael Dunn is must reading for fans of the actor. Kelly includes personal reminiscences, material from interviews with close relatives, friends, and colleagues such as the late Edward Albee, in whose adaptation of the Carson McCullers novella, “The Ballad of the Sad Café,” Dunn scored an early acting triumph. It also features letters and writings by Dunn’s late mother, Jewell Miller, about her beloved son.
Most wonderful of all, it includes a chapter written by Dunn himself, about his nautical adventures during a particular summer, proving that the Oscar, Tony, and Emmy-nominated actor was just as much of a natural (or was it hard work and iron discipline?) at writing as he was at acting and singing. In addition to his remarkable talents, Dunn also endured considerable pain, hardship and suffering due to his genetic dwarfism, which he minimized by feeding the press stories of his virtuosity at contact sports such as judo and football, and adventure sports such as skydiving and aviation. The one story that the reader might be tempted to consider equally fictitious concerns rumors circulated by both Dunn and his parents among his family that he once worked as a spy for the U.S. government. While “The Big Life of a Little Man” is all too brief to do complete justice to a very significant life, I can vouch that it will intrigue you and leave you wanting to know much more about a great actor and a very cool guy.